As a rookie last year for the Redskins, Brandon Banks played only 1.3 percent of the offensive snaps (14 of 1,043), including three as the quarterback in a ‘Wildcat’ formation.
Not a lot overall, but a ton compared to Banks’ second NFL season.
It took until Game 13 – last week against New England – for Banks to see his first time on offense.
At the beginning of the season, coach Mike Shanahan cited Banks’ on again, off again knee as the reason to limit him to punt and kick returns.
But, now, what gives?
Banks is game to getting a shot at receiver in the final three weeks but said earlier this week he isn’t even practicing with the position group.
“I’ve wanted an opportunity the entire season, but it is what it is,” he said. “I’m here to do a job and I’ll do whatever they tell me to do, but I would love to [play receiver].
“I was kept here to return kicks so that’s what I’m going to do.”
One player at mid-season said the Redskins hadn’t practiced the ‘Wildcat’ all year, but as the gadget play against the Patriots (Banks throwing 49-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss) exhibited, Banks would represent a change of pace, even if he does weigh less than 160 pounds.
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